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What to see in Cairns

Cairns Attractions

Any time of year is a good time to visit Cairns due to its tropical climate and the splendid variety of natural attractions and outdoor activities on the city's doorstep. A stay in Cairns is a dream come true for nature lovers, particularly scuba divers.

Meet some of Australia's indigenous animals such as crocodiles, red pandas and koalas at Wildlife Zone or the Cairns Tropical Zoo; ride the gondolas above a canopy of the rainforest, over magnificent waterfalls and gorges, to the village of Kuranda on the Skyrail, one of Cairns' most popular attractions; or pick out some stunning opal jewellery at Quilpie Opals.

Visitors keen on venturing out of the city should head straight for the coast where the Great Barrier Reef awaits avid snorkelers and scuba divers, while the verdant Daintree Rainforest, part of the oldest tropical rainforest still surviving on earth, is best explored on horseback or from the treetops. Nearby Cape Tribulation is also an outdoor enthusiasts paradise, with activities like kayaking, snorkelling, jungle surfing and river cruising on offer. The Whitsunday Islands, of which 70 percent has been declared a national or marine park, boast the resort village of Airlie Beach and are the perfect place to relax and enjoy the picturesque surroundings.


The most popular tourist attraction in Cairns is the Skyrail rainforest cableway, which travels nearly five miles (7.5km) from the Caravonica Terminal, the gondolas gliding above the canopy of the…

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The Esplanade

The recently renovated Cairns Esplanade is the entertainment hub for visitors to the city, providing numerous recreational opportunities, and lined with a host of good restaurants, bars and cafes.…

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Wildlife Dome

This spectacular attraction is enclosed by a 65-foot (20m) high glass dome on top of Cairns' iconic Reef Hotel Casino and offers exhibits and shows featuring of some of Australia's most exotic and…

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